Worried For That First Virtual Date? Dating Site Founders Share Style Tips

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    Getting ready for a date can be challenging enough, let alone deciding what to wear when it’s a date with you, your date and your laptop screen. We’re not saying you need to go all out, but putting in a bit of effort can help you look and feel better and more excited for the first date.  

    For your video date, it’s all about focusing on your top half - after all, that will be the point of focus on your Zoom call. A nice top, a dainty necklace that accentuates your collarbones or bright earrings that will pop through the screen are all great ideas. The best part? You can still wear your sweats and no one will ever know! Here are a few ideas to help you look date-ready without having to leave your couch.

    With inputs from Priyanka Ghura Kuka and Tanisha Ghura Kanani, co-founders of the dating website, Not So Arranged. Jumping onto the online dating bandwagon, this new website blends psychology and dating behaviour to find you a match based on compatibility and personality, which goes a long way in reducing that first date awkwardness. 

    Top It Up

    Women Ruffle Detail Abstract Printed Blue Crop Top

    Women Ruffle Detail Abstract Printed Blue Crop Top

    1500

    A fun, not-too-plain top is a great choice for a video date. Halter necks, off-shoulders, ruffles and cut-out details are some styles that make for an interesting outfit. We love this cowl neck mustard top (Rs 1,199) or this ruffle abstract print top (Rs 1,500) to make a fun statement.

    Style Up Your Sleeve

    Women Gathered Waist Bell Sleeves Top

    Women Gathered Waist Bell Sleeves Top

    830
    If wearing something with sleeves is more up your alley, there are plenty of ways to look stylish. A dress with sheer sleeves (Rs 2,000) is also an interesting choice for a video date and if you love bell sleeves, this pink gathered waist top (Rs 830) is so pretty and romantic. 

    Colour Matters

    Women Ruffle Overlay Off -Shoulder Solid Dress

    Women Ruffle Overlay Off -Shoulder Solid Dress

    2199

    We all know when in doubt, wear black but going a different route may be for the better. You definitely want to pick a memorable colour for your first (virtual) date and nothing does it better than red. A ruffle off-shoulder red dress (Rs 2,199) is perfect to channel a romantic vibe. If that’s not really your cup of tea, emerald green, purple and turquoise are colours that look fantastic on any skin tone. 


    Accessorize Well

    Stone & Floral Charm Detail Layered Choker

    Stone & Floral Charm Detail Layered Choker

    499
    A quick way to look dressed up is by accessorizing well, it’s also perfect for showing off your personal style. You can wear something that can serve as a conversation starter like a birthstone, or a necklace you picked up on a memorable trip or just something colourful or quirky. This stone and floral layered necklace (Rs 499) can add that extra zing to a simple outfit, we also love these colourful boho earrings (Rs 999) to help make a lasting impression through the screen.

    Stay Subtle

    Satin Matte Lipstick: Blush Actress

    Satin Matte Lipstick: Blush Actress

    425

    It’s best to stay clear of heavy makeup as you do want to look like yourself but there’s nothing wrong with a swipe of lipstick or winging your eyeliner if that’s your usual go-to. Be sure to stick to playing up one feature and not over-doing it. A fail-safe date night look would be subtly highlighting your eyes with a champagne eyeshadow (Rs 600) paired with a soft, pink lipstick (Rs 500) and you’re all set. 

    Lastly, Be Yourself

    This goes without saying but comfort is key. Whether you like a full face of makeup or prefer a more natural look and whether you choose to dress conservative or sexy, dressed up or dressed down, staying authentic to yourself is the best approach. Wear anything that is a reflection of yourself and your personality, it’s the right way to put your best foot forward on your date.